Friday, November 1, 2013

Stats & Facts Vol 16

The LPGA is taking a break this week before resuming its Asian swing in Japan. It has been an interesting season, and with only 3 tournaments to go, many major awards are still up for grabs.

Here is a look at some of the major statistics, and awards that still remain undecided:

Rolex Player of the Year Standings: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Inbee Park - 290 points
2- Suzann Pettersen - 252 
3- Stacy Lewis - 200
4- Beatriz Recari - 96
5- So Yeon Ryu - 88

Note: Both Suzann and Inbee are not playing in Japan. They are both playing the last two tournaments of the year. Suzann will need to win one of those tournaments, and finish no worse than third in the other, while Inbee finishes out of the top ten in both to overtake Inbee.

Vare Trophy Standings: (winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- Stacy Lewis - 69.537 average strokes per round
2- Suzann Pettersen - 69.592
3- Inbee Park - 69.934
4- Na Yeon Choi - 70.226
5- So Yeon Ryu - 70.378

Note: This appears to be a two player race. Stacy will be playing all three  tournaments.

Rolex Rookie of the Year Standings:
1- Caroline Masson - 469 points
2- Moriya Jutanugarn - 443
3- Ayaka Uehara - 379
4- Chie Arimura - 292
5- Austin Ernst - 232

Note: This appears to be a 3 player race. Each of those players will be playing in 2 more events.
With no American threatening to win this year, Paula Creamer will still be the last American born player to win this title. She did it in 2005.

Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut:
1- Paula Creamer -64
2- Na Yeon Choi - 56
3- Stacy Lewis - 41
4- Anna Nordqvist - 31
5- I.K. Kim - 27
6- Jessica Korda - 24

Most Consecutive Missed Cuts: (actively playing):
1- Numa Gulyanamitta - 11
1- Taylore Karl - 11
3- Marina Stuetz -9
3- Daniella Iacobelli -9
3- Amy Hung -9
3- Ester Choe -9

Most Wins:
1- Inbee Park -6
2- Suzann Pettersen - 4
3- Stacy Lewis -3
4- Beatriz Recari -2

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Suzann Pettersen -11
2- Stacy Lewis - 8
2- Inbee Park -8
4- So Yeon Ryu -6
4- I.K. Kim -6

Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis - 16
2- Suzann Pettersen -14
3- Beatriz Recari -9
3- Inbee Park -9

Most Top Twenty Finishes:
1- Na Yeon Choi -18
2- Paula Creamer -17
2- Stacy Lewis -17
4- Suzann Pettersen -15
4- Anna Nordqvist -15
6- Beatriz Recari -14

Most Wins By Country:
South Korea -10 (I.Park 6, Ji. Shin 1, Ilhee Lee 1, H.Y. Park 1, Amy Yang 1)
United States- 6 (Stacy Lewis 3, C. Kerr 1, J.Johnson 1, Lexi Thompson 1)
Norway - 4 (Suzann Pettersen 4)
Spain - 2 (B. Recari 2)
Australia -1 (Karrie Webb)
New Zealand - 1 (Lydia Ko)
Mainland China -1 (S. Feng)

Solheim Cup Standings: (top 8 automatically qualify)
1- Lexi Thompson -96 points
2- Stacy Lewis - 88
3- Angela Stanford - 48
4- Lizette Salas - 41
5- Paula Creamer - 36
6- Brittany Lincicome - 34
7- Gerina Piller - 29
8- Michelle Wie -29
9- Jennifer Johnson - 26
10- Alison Walshe - 21
11- Cristie Kerr - 20
12- Jessica Korda - 19

Other Tidbits:
Chella Choi, Brittany Lang, Julieta Granada, Katherine Hull-Kirk, and Mina Harigae are the only LPGA players to play in all 25 tournaments so far this year.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Azahara Munoz moves from #34 to #30. Lee-Anne Pace, who won the Sanyo Open on the LET tour this past week, jumps from #60 to #49. Le-Anne has made it through to the final round of Qualifying School, which will be held in early December.

Titleholders Update:
Finally!!! Azahara Munoz has qualified. She will be joined by Mina Harigae, and M.J. Hur. The highest ranking player on the LPGA Priority List yet to qualify now becomes Julieta Granada.

Who's Hot:
This one has to be the statistic of the year. Suzann Pettersen has finished in the top seven in her last eight tournaments. Yes, that is a top 7 finish in every tournament since the U.S. Open.

Who's Not:
Inbee Park is still the heavy favorite to win Player of the Year, but she has only 1 top ten in her 8 tournaments dating back to the U.S. Open.

Under the Category of No Brainer:
Lydia Ko's petition to become an LPGA member in 2014, was approved by Commissioner Michael Whan. That decision was certainly expected. All Lydia did this year was successfully defend her CN Open title, and also have finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 9th. Oh, and by the way, she did all that in just 10 starts.




3 comments:

  1. Sorry to nitpick Tony but Uehara is Ayako, not Ayaka.
    Mr Gee

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  2. the "Titleholders" event is sort of a misnomer. Seems like everyone in the top 70 or so on the money list gets into it eventually during the season. But what the heck, just glad they have another event in the U S.

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    1. Dave you hit the nail right on the head, any event held in the US is surely welcome.

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